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Piano: Erik Satie, Pièces froides No. 2 “Danses de travers” No. 1 and No. 2

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March 27, 2019 • piano

The three Danses de travers (Crossed-up dances), which make up the second series of Erik Satie’s Pièces froides (Cold Pieces), are some of my all-time favorites for piano, haunting and beautiful.  I recorded these, the first two out of the three, at home back in December of 2016, on a Tascam recorder with a couple of… Read More ›

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Roadside Scenery: Come and Get It While It’s Hot

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No one’s ever offered me their chicken in quite this way before….   (KFC in Rolla Missouri, as seen from the Wal-Mart parking lot)  

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It’s not a faze mom

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I am hoping the rest of the world is going to be properly impressed by how deeply a certain fourth grader has been engaging with the WSJ lately. Her shirt seems to read, “It’s not a faze mom.”

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Piano: Erik Satie, Pièces froides No. 2 “Danses de travers” No. 1 and No. 2

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The three Danses de travers (Crossed-up dances), which make up the second series of Erik Satie’s Pièces froides (Cold Pieces), are some of my all-time favorites for piano, haunting and beautiful.  I recorded these, the first two out of the three, at home back in December of 2016, on a Tascam recorder with a couple of… Read More ›

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Where does recycling waste end up?

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WikiTribune Started 01 Mar 2018 China refuses ‘foreign garbage,’ leaving waste mountains in West Wall Street Journal April 12, 2018 Amid Trade Feud, Recycling Is in Danger of Landing on Trash Pile: China’s planned tariffs on scrap aluminum, tougher quality standards squeeze market; ‘nobody has the capacity that China has’ Wall Street Journal May 13,… Read More ›

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Alchemical Art of the Late Renaissance Period: The Ripley Scroll, 1570 (Beinecke Version)

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The scroll is known as the Ripley Scroll, it was created around the year 1570, and the text is an English translation of the Visio Mystica, an alchemical text attributed to Arnold of Villanova.  There are online references to several different versions, from an original that is to date unknown, of this scroll — this version, with its particularly richly colored and detailed artwork, seems to be generally known as the Beinecke version, after the library that houses it. 

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